The World’s Earliest Examples of Penis Graffiti

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Dating back to the 5th century BC, these large dick drawings are carved into limestone outcroppings on the Aegean island of Astypalaia.

The Story Behind NYC’s Clean Trains

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A nice listen from 99% Invisible

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Stitches, Not Snitches

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Embroidered Patches of Vintage Logos by Mothergreen & H.K.M

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The Stencil King of Amsterdam

Hugo Kaagman has been active on the streets since 1978

ILLUMINATIONS: A Spiritual Guide To Lettering

This self-published book by CLOWN TITS Crew features 86 pages of style inspiration.

“The World’s Largest GIF-ITI™”

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INSA and MADSTEEZ get large and animated in Taiwan.

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TRAP and the True Art of Graffiti

Just The Tips

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A bucket hat for real graffheads

Eddie Martinez Whistles While He Works

Signs of Mischief

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Roger Gastman is a great collector of things. Weird classifieds, rare graffiti propaganda, children’s toys, vintage spraypaint, art by serial killers… he’s got it all and more. For TOOLS OF CRIMINAL MISCHIEF, his most recent show which opens tonight at The Seventh Letter Flagship Store and Gallery in LA, Roger has placed on display a robust selection of these artifacts for viewing and consumption. Since his instagram is about the only way we can observe Roger’s daily collectings, we pulled images of some of our favorite digital ephemera, and asked Roger to explain. What follows is the result of our online conversation also known as “explain this picture.”

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Portrait of a Bygone Era of New York City Culture

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Manfred Kirchheimer’s newly restored 1981 film Stations of the Elevated premieres at BAM on June 27th. Achieving cult status with those embedded in the hip-hop and cinema communities, the film—the original soundtrack of which featured a heavy dose of Charles Mingus—will be accompanied by live music from the Mingus Dynasty.

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WANE-spotting

Anyone who has been on the streets of NYC in the past year would be blind not to have noticed the bold work of WANE COD gracing the sides of box trucks and vans across the five boroughs. Here’s a sampling courtesy of the ISOking

The Greatest Trains Ever

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From an old issue of Stress Magazine: Top NYC writers (and Henry Chalfant) pick their favorite painted trains.

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A Russian Police Search and Questioning, Animated

Inside My Backpack by 0331с and Stas Dobry

Air Gêmeos

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Using 1200 cans of spray paint, Os Gêmeos recently finished a commission to paint the Brazilian national soccer team’s airplane. A can’t miss sight on the tarmac, the plane will carry the players and personnel from city to city during the World Cup.

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More Than 5 Words

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Forever a rule breaker, Banksy made a video about his Residency in New York City as his acceptance speech for The Webby’s Person of the Year, .

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Snot Hatch

A collaborative zine between GIANT and JOKER that was published by The Skullz Press back in 2001.

“It’s supposed to discredit their work . . . and break their manhood”

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Under a new directive, the NYPD is arming all of their officers with spray paint to buff tags across the 5 boroughs. With instructions to photograph the mark, “spray a square around the tag and then fill it in” with black, red or white spray paint, even the cops think “this whole graffiti program is ridiculous.” Broken windows, baby.

Printables

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The New Must-Have for Luxury Buildings: Graffiti by Elizabeth Greenspan

Graffiti is used to sell lots of things, of course. In the nineties, Nike and Coca-Cola began hiring well-known graffiti artists to paint large-scale murals and to help design advertising campaigns targeted at young people. Other industries—fashion, vodka, fast food—followed. But the real-estate industry’s use of graffiti is different; after all, taggers don’t vandalize sneakers. Historically, property owners and developers have tended to consider graffiti a sign of decay that lowers property values. But that was before people started finding grittiness really cool.

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